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by: Janelle

These are real fears, and it is hard to explain them to someone who has no idea what it is like. As a counselor myself, and through my therapy, my understanding of the causes or reasons might be sometime ingrained when I was a young child--the idea that I was not in control over my own health and safety. Sometimes I know it spurs from an actual incident, but as complex as the human brain is, there is little chance of truly discovering what combination of stimuli is needed to trigger a panic attack. You would practically have to have your therapist with you at all times and be able to convey your feelings during the tense moments you are having isn't as easy as it sounds. I have done this, though, and found it to be extremely helpful in grounding myself, or not going into a full blown panic attack, in other words.

I know that my biological father was very nocturnal when he was at his worst, be it physical or sexual abuse of my siblings, to that being the time he would choose to come crashing through the door when everyone was vulnerable. Also, there were a few times when my oldest sibling, my only brother, had invaded my privacy during changing or showers, etc.

At this time, it has been a while since I have had an attack or anything regarding nighttime. I still do struggle with the driving phobia, but I am still working on it, too.

As far as tornadoes, I have had a lot of dreams about them as well, and I think it is your subconscious telling you that you are stressed, things are in disarray in your life, things are "out of your control", which is the major cornerstone of a phobia. Something to think about...:)

Good luck to everyone out there who is suffering from any phobia, but with due diligence, the right therapist, and possibly medication, you can lead a normal life...:)

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by: Anonymous

I am in tears reading your story because it is me to the core of my being. My amaxophobia and sclerophobia have become debilitating, especially the amaxophobia. It is damaging my children I feel when they see me lose control. I don't want them to grow up with the same problems. I have a new therapist and I have told him. I have discussed with him as well, that I feel that I may have been sexually abused as a child. I have an eating disorder and I have very few memories before the age of 13. I also have recurrent nightmares about of all things, tornadoes. Thank you so much for putting this out there for people like myself to get relief from feeling crazy and to now feel so alone. God bless and good luck on your journey.

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by: Anonymous

Hi there, ty for your post. I to have the same exact fears, I thought I was insane not to mention that my friends and family have no clue how terrifying and real these fears are. I sleep on my couch most nights. (About 3 hrs of sleep a night) and need a nap during the day. Thank you for sharing your experience, strengths and hopes to overcoming and moving on with your life to something so debilitating.

by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm a Psychololgy student. I was wondering if you could infer the reason(s) as to why you have the fear of driving. I'm not sure if you and your therapist have already discussed this, but my curiousity was peaked by your story. Thank you in advance.

by: Anonymous

Hi Janelle, Thank you for your post...and here I thought I was the only one who has felt this way. These are the two exact phobias that I have. I have so many sleepless nights (as its 1:15am AZ time) and I absolutely refuse to be a passenger in and vehicle. This overwhelming paralyzing fear takes over. Whenever I tried to explain both phobias to anyone, they would look at me like I was insane, so for many years I've hidden these and have kept them to myself. Abviously it just makes matters worse and I can usually sleep for a few hrs at night when I'm able to fall asleep and take a nap in the afternoon but its been years since I've had an 8 hour restful sleep. If you have anymore insite on where I should go for help with this please reply back. Thank you

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